CANON: A Mini-Symposium

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Ceremonial hanging (kumo), early 20th century. Philippines, Mindanao, Tíboli people. Abaca; warp-resist dyeing (ikat). 74 13/16 x 84 1/4 in. (190 x 214 cm). Gift of Mrs. Gustave Brenner. 55218.5

CANON: A Mini-Symposium
Nine centuries after its adoption in art discourse to describe the world's most important and valuable works, we will take a fresh look at the concept of the canon as it applies to the textiles and other visual arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Americas. This mini-symposium is the fourth in a series that addresses timely topics for curators, collectors, and dealers. Leading scholars with a wide range of academic and professional experiences will ask how notions about canon determine what we know, see, and purchase. How is the canon defined in fields that diverge from Western influence? How does it guide art historians, museum curators, and collectors in defining and redefining works of art?

"From Artifact to Art—Changing Perspectives of Ethnographic Collections"
Ruth Barnes, PhD
Thomas Jaffe Curator of Indo-Pacific Art, Yale University Art Gallery

“Rethinking the Canon: African Collectors and the Canon of African Art”
Sylvester Okwunodu Ogbechie, PhD
Associate Professor of Art History, University of California, Santa Barbara, and Founder, Critical Interventions: Journal of African Art History and Visual Culture

"The View across Central Park: Classic Veracruz Objects and the Place of Pre-Columbian Art"
Rex Koontz, PhD
Director , School of Art, University of Houston, Texas

"Navajo Classic Blankets: A Study in Chronology and Creativity"
Ann Lane Hedlund, PhD
Curator of Ethnology and Director of the Gloria F. Ross Tapestry Program, Arizona State Museum, The University of Arizona, Tucson; and Professor of Anthropology, The University of Arizona, Tucson

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Tickets go on sale December 21, 2012. $5/members; $10/non-members for the mini-symposium; museum admission is not included. Museum admission tickets are required to view the permanent collection and special exhibitions.

*FAMSF docents, please contact Cynthia Inaba to reserve your ticket by January 15, 2013. E-mail her at

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